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I have been spending nearly every waking moment re-reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. My God, I love this book. It's sad and funny and amazing in every way. I just found out she's written some short stories in this universe, I need to see if I can find them.

It never rains in June. Nonetheless, the sky darkened today and there were sprinkles; if it rains at all overnight or tomorrow, it will be the first measurable rainfall in Phoenix in June in five years. It was also only 99 degrees (hey, it was 106 on Saturday).

This week has been "Spirit Week" at work, which has been fun; today is my company's "Founder's Day" (we're 93), so on Monday it was "Hawaii Day," Tuesday was "Character Day" (I went as The Doctor), Wednesday was "Sports Day," today was "Throwback Thursday" (I went in Beatnik garb), and tomorrow is just Red day (as that is our Company's color). It's been fun.

Tomorrow is also National Donut Day. I am contemplating being VERY bad.

My cable company has been screwing me nine ways from Sunday. Some while ago suddenly I lost every channel above 23. I wrangled with them through three or four phone calls before they managed to get it fixed. A couple of days ago it happened again. I wrote to them, tried the online chat, and finally called again (I HATE calling them now because you have to crawl through the stupid "Now, Have You Tried This?" robot options before they'll let you talk to a PERSON)... Anyway, she said, "I've sent the signal to your cable card, it should be fixed in a half-hour." It's a full 24 hours later and still NOT FIXED.

I'm tempted to change to CenturyLink but I've been with Cox for SO LONG the thought of changing my email address makes my teeth hurt. I also fear change, of course. But on the other hand, it would save me something like $120 bucks a month and even if that IS the "introductory rate," it lasts for a full year, so that's a year of saving $120 bucks a month...

I need to make a decision, because not only did I miss last week's episode of Orphan Black (GAAAAAHHH!!!!), Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell starts soon, and I HAVE to have BBCA. (Not to mention Doctor Who in August.)

Probably also missed a new My Little Pony on Saturday. (Yes, I watch it.)

Time to do some Research.

I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo. Let's see if this makes me do something. I'm going to use it to make edits/finish the murder mystery I did for regular NaNo a few years ago.

I thought I was coming down with something earlier this week - I came home on Tuesday and went to bed and slept for three hours, woke up to eat, and went back to bed again; I was marginally better on Wednesday. Today I feel pretty good, but still a little tired.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 5th, 2015 04:05 am (UTC)
You job sounds like it can be fun.

The weather is being weird here too

I can tell you DISH blows.

Good luck with camp nano

Hope you feel better
Jun. 5th, 2015 04:17 am (UTC)
Yes, it can be - hence why I hang on (again, that "fear change" thing, in addition to the fact I'm GOOD at it...).

I'm not really interested in Dish. Their main benefit is the DVR thing, and I HAVE Tivo, I don't need another one (or maybe I could do something with it, but...).

CenturyLink was USWest. I'm leery of just jumping back over there unless I'm sure about it. As I said, I need to do some research.
Jun. 5th, 2015 04:21 am (UTC)
Being good at it certainly helps.

DISH has no real main benefit that I can see and even that hopper thing is expensive though I'm probably going to have to get it.

good luck. I wish I had cable options
Jun. 6th, 2015 12:09 am (UTC)
Well, I don't really have options, either. CenturyLink gets as bad reviews as Cox. All we have here in the Valley are CenturyLink and Dish. :P

If I could get BBCAmerica easily, I think I'd get rid of cable TV entirely and go to straight digital. Barb's mom gets a LOT of stations on free TV, and I have Amazon Prime, Netflix, & Hulu to take up some of the slack.
Jun. 6th, 2015 12:28 am (UTC)
yeah that's a good option if you can do it. I can't do it sadly
Jun. 5th, 2015 11:17 am (UTC)
Ugh, cable companies. My cable shuts off if I turn on my laptop after turning on the TV. And there are various hoops I have to jump through to get it to come back on. Unfortunately, there are two cable companies here in town, and I kind of refuse to give my money to Time Warner on principle.

That sounds like so much fun at your office!

I really wanted to like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (I read it for the first time two weeks ago). I really did. I enjoyed it, I thought it was clever, but really, the footnotes were the only reason I kept reading it.

Glad you're feeling better!
Jun. 6th, 2015 12:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, there's not much option here. The online reviews for CenturyLink are as bad as those for Cox. :P

I just find it such a remarkable work - the twists and turns and near-misses; it's humorous, it's lighthearted, it's the deepest pain and anguish -- I just love it so much. More each time I read it. Yes, it starts slow... but oh... I lack the words.

Jun. 5th, 2015 01:12 pm (UTC)
I HATE the way cable companies screw us over. I don't know that the alternatives are better, though.

Yay for your work and yay for Strange June!
Jun. 6th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
I know!!! I'm about ready to chuck the whole thing and go with free digital television and rely on Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime... except I don't know how else to get BBCA!!!! And I NEED IT!!!

I've just reached the Extremely Painful Part of the book (Strange has just been cursed out of Lost-hope)... it does such wonderful, dreadful, marvelous things inside of me when I read it!

Jun. 5th, 2015 01:15 pm (UTC)
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